Textbook for Fashionista: Iris Apfel

If you've ever read Advanced Style, one of my favorite blogs, then you're probably familiar with Iris Apfel. Iris is without a doubt one of New York's most treasured style icons, darting around the city in her trademark spectacles, decked out in accessories while remaining light and effortless. At Monday's CFDA awards, Ms. Apfel told the story of how she once worked for WWD and earned a salary of $15 per week. True, that was a standard wage back then but we still shudder to think about it. After her time at WWD she began working in the textile industry where she further honed her style and sharp eye for prints, textures and patterns--it's no wonder she has unmatched style. Before presenting Alexander Wang with his Accessories Designer of the Year award, Ms. Apfel proclaimed that she is indeed a fan of the accessory. All it takes is a Google image search to see that she wasn't lying.
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If you've ever read Advanced Style, one of my favorite blogs, then you're probably familiar with Iris Apfel. Iris is without a doubt one of New York's most treasured style icons, darting around the city in her trademark spectacles, decked out in accessories while remaining light and effortless. At Monday's CFDA awards, Ms. Apfel told the story of how she once worked for WWD and earned a salary of $15 per week. True, that was a standard wage back then but we still shudder to think about it. After her time at WWD she began working in the textile industry where she further honed her style and sharp eye for prints, textures and patterns--it's no wonder she has unmatched style. Before presenting Alexander Wang with his Accessories Designer of the Year award, Ms. Apfel proclaimed that she is indeed a fan of the accessory. All it takes is a Google image search to see that she wasn't lying.
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Fans of the Tumblr blog Textbook, take note: Fashionista has teamed up with the blog’s mastermind, John Jannuzzi, to create storyboards for our industry’s style stars. (See an archive of his work for us here.)

If you've ever read Advanced Style, one of my favorite blogs, then you're probably familiar with Iris Apfel. Iris is without a doubt one of New York's most treasured style icons, darting around the city in her trademark spectacles, decked out in accessories while remaining light and effortless. At Monday's CFDA awards, Ms. Apfel told the story of how she once worked for WWD and earned a salary of $15 per week. True, that was a standard wage back then but we still shudder to think about it. After her time at WWD she began working in the textile industry where she further honed her style and sharp eye for prints, textures and patterns--it's no wonder she has unmatched style. Before presenting Alexander Wang with his Accessories Designer of the Year award, Ms. Apfel proclaimed that she is indeed a fan of the accessory. All it takes is a Google image search to see that she wasn't lying.

1. Covering for WWD Coat by Michael Kors, dress & scarf by Gucci, shoes by Celine

2. Swatching Coat by Prada, skirt by Tsumori Chisato, top by Tibi, boots by Tsumori Chisato

3. Strolling through the park Coat by Oscar de la Renta, there's a Prabal Gurung top under there, pants by Valentino, shoes by Michael Kors

About The Writer John Jannuzzi began styling figures from history and literature on his blog Textbook in September 2009. He studied at Muhlenberg College and Parsons, The New School for Design and currently works at Lucky magazine in New York. He tweets like a crazy person.